App of the Week: Haiku Deck – Create Beautiful Presentations on Your iPad

The iPad is a great tool for storing and showing your Keynote or PowerPoint presentation, but creating a slide deck on the device is less than ideal. Haiku Deck set out to solve that problem.

Haiku Deck is a quick and easy way to create stunning presentations – whether you are pitching an idea, teaching a lesson, telling a story, or igniting a movement. It’s a visual storyboard.

Within minutes you can create a beautiful presentation with texts and graphics. First choose from a range of stylish themes. Then add your text. Finish up by adding related images. The application performs a web search for images with creative commons licenses including those that can be used for commercial purposes. Or, you can use your own images stored on the iPad, Flickr, Picasa, Instagram, or Facebook. That’s it, you’re ready to wow your audience.

According to the founders, Haiku Deck is rooted in a few simple principles:

We know everyone has great stories and ideas ready to be set free. We believe crafting a compelling story should be a joyful creative exercise. We yearn for the fabled day when the words, “Let me just fire up this presentation,” …fills an audience with eager anticipation instead of all-consuming dread.

I think they’re well on the way to accomplishing that goal. The app is simple to use and you don’t have to be a design geek to make a beautiful presentation.

Haiku Deck beats Keynote and PowerPoint in price. It’s free! And while you’re at it, check out the gallery of awesome Haiku Decks.

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